LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is having a season that could end up being one of the best in Tiger’s history and as a result is starting to garner more national recognition for his performance through the first five weeks of the season.
ESPN’s college football and NFL draft analyst Todd McShay ranked his top 10 MVP’s through the first five weeks and had glowing remarks for Mettenberger who ranked fourth on his list.
“Mettenberger is far from a one-man show on LSU’s offense…but I’ve been so impressed with how much he’s improved this season, and even though the Georgia defense is no Steel Curtain — the Dawgs started three true freshmen on Saturday — he really showed up in the Tigers’ loss to the Bulldogs.”
Despite the loss, Mettenberger threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns on 23-37 passing with a quarterback rating of 173.4 and has only one interception on the season to go with his 13 touchdowns.
“We’re not used to LSU having a quarterback who can pose a serious threat in the passing game and can orchestrate a big-play offense, but that’s what the Tigers have in Mettenberger. I look at this team now and think, “How quickly can they get this young defense playing at a higher level?” because Mettenberger has elevated them to national title contender status.”
The question McShay poses about the team’s young defense is the million dollar question, because as he mentioned the offense is a legit threat and good enough to win the national title. The defense is a concern, but as the unit matures and goes through some growing pains, Mettenberger and company should be able to outscore just about any team because of the developments he’s made.
Mettenberger ranked below Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Aaron Murray on McShay’s list. In some circles those are the three front-runner’s for the Heisman trophy. My how far Mettenberger has come in a year.